Need some help and advise from you guys.
We recently purchased a land section from the Crofton Down Silversteam development in Wellington.
We are not buying the land section directly from the land developer. The previous owner bought it from the land developer. And then we bought the land section from the previous owner. The purchase was all legal, lawyers of both party are involved.
The land title is subject to land covenant which requires the land developer (a company called PROPERTY TRADE FINANCE) to sign-off the building plan and landscaping plan, before we can start building.
A month ago, I submitted my building plan and landscaping plan to their email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Not long after I sending the email, a gentlemen called "Trent" gave me call and said he will not sign-off my plan, because I am not his customer. As I bought the land from the previous owner, not directly from him. Trent told me at the phone, he sold the land to the previous owner, given they are building a house on the land, not for reselling purpose. Then I asked him if they have any legal document that restrict the land section to be resell. He said, it is not my business, it is the business between him and the previous owner. Then he tell me to talk to the lawyer of the previous owner to get that sorted. And then I ask the previous owner, if they ever sign any legal document like that, he said hell no.
I am really have no idea what to do now.
So my question is, what can I do if the land developer refuse to review/sign-off my plan, while the land covenant requires it.
And is there a way to raise a proper complaint against this land developer? As I heard from the real estate agency, and my builder, this "Trent" gentlemen is mean to other builders, land section owner and real-estate agents as well.
My builder suggested me to get a lawyer to get this thing sorted. But what I am thinking is, this is not even my fault, why I have to pay for a lawyer just because the land developer is being meant to me?
Any suggestions will be much appreciated.
Many thanks in advance.